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Digital and Communications Trustee

Digital and Communications Trustee

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The Ethical Property Foundation ("EPF") is the UK's leading property advice charity for the voluntary sector. Founded in 2004 and during this period it has supported 4000+ voluntary organisations. In February 2015 we were appointed as sole referral partner to the Charity Commission for charities requiring advice on property and land. We work to enable charities and community groups to make the most of the property they occupy and manage, for the benefit of their service and beneficiaries, without crises or compliance failures.

We are a lean, dynamic and socially enterprising organization working with an unrivalled range of charity clients across England & Wales. Our services include free, independent property advice to small voluntary groups, as well as property education and research, working in partnership with both the property industry and voluntary sector. We also run a successful property consultancy to larger not for profits, and both own and administer the fairplace Award®, our ethical workplace management accreditation. Current fairplace award holders include RBS, Sodexo, RICS, Shaftesbury plc and EMCOR.

To assist us in delivering a greater proportion of our property advice and education online, we now seek a Trustee experienced in Digital and Communications to join us from April 2018. Help us improve our digital capabilities and communications with your ideas, expertise and connections, as part of the governance of this small but significant charity, working with experienced trustees and a small team of staff.

For more information about EPF, please see our websites: and

Trustee Role Description and Expectations

EPF seeks a Trustee with experience in Digital and Communications to support our digital transformation and, guide the development and benefits of our new online learning platform and FairPlace4All. You will help us make the right decisions and understand the strategic impact of digital transformation in delivering change both internally and to the wider charity sector.

EPF recently received funding for a new online learning platform to be implemented and rolled out between May 2018 and September 2019. We are looking for a Trustee to play an active role in this as part of the overall governance of EPF.

You will have recent, ideally current, practical experience of digital, communications and user engagement. Experience in governance or management is desirable, but not essential. We are open to receiving applications from those with and without experience in the charity sector.

Our Board of trustees meet quarterly in London and the role is undertaken on a voluntary basis though reasonable travel expenses are paid. There will also be monthly meetings or conference calls from May 2018 as part of the project governance of the online learning platform. Each trustee term lasts 3 years, with the option to continue if desired. We estimate total time required would be around 8-10 days per annum.

Our trustees are ambassadors for our work and occasionally attend other events. The role of a Trustee is an extremely important one and as a member of our Board you will have responsibility for the overall direction, vision and strategy of EPF, providing support to the full time CEO. You will assist us preparing for future challenges and play a key role in our success.

Person Specification

The person appointed to the role of Digital and Communications trustee will:

  • Have demonstrable experience of digital projects, digital transformation, communications and user engagement, including the development, management or oversight of online platforms, especially online learning;
  • Be able to work collaboratively and strategically, supporting trustees and staff with less digital understanding;
  • Be able to commit adequate time to fulfilling the responsibilities of the role; and
  • Be able to support the ethical values of EPF for transparency, fairness and the triple bottom line - financial, social and environmental.

Application procedure

Informal discussion

To arrange an informal phone discussion with our Chair, John Whitaker, or Chief Executive, Antonia Swinson please call 020 3189 0177


Please apply by email stating why you feel you are suited to the role together with a c.v. with references. All applications must be sent electronically to with Trustee - Digital & Comms in the subject line. If you wish, you may also send a hard copy of your application to Antonia Swinson Ethical Property Foundation, Vintage House, 36-37 Albert Embankment, SE1 7TL.


The Ethical Property Foundation is registered in England and Wales as a Company Limited by Guarantee No. 4756158 and as a Charity No. 1101812 Registered office: Vintage House 36-37 Albert Embankment London SE1 7TL